Tears and pain at vigil for 7-year-old Englewood boy

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Ebony McClain (center), 30, the mother of 7-year-old Devon Lofton, hugs two of her other children and her brother during a candlelight vigil Monday night outside the family’s Englewood home. | Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times

Kimyada Webber watched the other woman — the one whose body shook from sobbing — and felt the pain that only another mother can truly understand.

“My heart has no words because I have a son,” said Webber, 42, who came to a vigil in Englewood on Monday night for 7-year-old Devon Lofton. The boy died after he accidentally shot himself in his head at his home in the 6700 block of South Aberdeen Street on Sunday, according to Chicago Police.

Police are investigating how Devon’s 10-year-old brother, who brought the .22-caliber gun into the house, got the weapon in the first place, according to Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.

An autopsy Monday did not rule on Devon’s cause or manner of death, with final results pending further investigation.

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Devon Lofton | Provided photo

Devon Lofton | Provided photo

Webber’s 9-year-old son, Kristian, was among four dozen or so people who gathered at the vigil to remember the little boy who loved the color orange and went by the nickname “D.V.”

Ebony McClain, Devon’s mother, didn’t speak. Her sobs spoke of her immeasurable grief.

“I would die,” Webber said, trying to imagine losing her own boy.


GalleryPastors said prayers during the vigil, family and friends lighted votive candles that spelled out “D.V.” Dozens of helium balloons were released into the air to shouts of: “D.V., we love you!”

At the end of it, Webber, who lives in Beverly, looked at her son and said to him: “You see why I love you so much and kiss you and call you my Prince Charming.”

Kristian nodded shyly.

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